Andrew's Brain Symbols & Objects

E.L. Doctorow
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Child’s Death

The death of Andrew’s first child symbolizes misfortune, trauma, and self-blame. The child died after being prescribed an incorrect medication, and Andrew blames himself because he did not check the medication label before administering the medicine. These events help to establish a pattern of grief and self-blame in Andrew’s life.

Briony’s Death

Briony’s death symbolizes both the personal and national grief surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks. Briony’s death was caused by those terrorist attacks, and Briony’s loved ones suffered deep grief as a result. This grief parallels the state of national mourning following the attacks.

Custody of Willa

The care and custody of Willa symbolizes Andrew’s loss of personal and emotional stability. Following Briony’s death, Andrew suffers deep emotional pain and feels that he cannot raise Willa on his own. He therefore gives Willa to...

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